What You Should Know About Tooth Extractions

Have you been recently advised that you might need one or more tooth extractions? If so, you’re in good company. It’s estimated that over 60 percent of adults have had or will have at least one permanent tooth extracted. At Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer different types of sedation to make our tooth extraction services as comfortable as possible.

What Is a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is a procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket. A simple extraction involves a tooth that can be seen, while a surgical extraction involves a tooth that has not yet broken through or has broken off at the gum line. The surgeons at Summit Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery always use gentle care and offer sedation to make the procedure painless.

In preparation for an extraction, an oral surgeon X-rays the area and comes up with an effective plan to remove the tooth while causing minimal trauma to surrounding oral tissue.

The X-ray reveals the following information:
  • The tooth’s location in relation to the sinuses and nerves
  • Any infections or diseases in the bone
  • The relationship of the affected tooth to surrounding teeth

In the case of wisdom tooth extraction, a panoramic X-ray is administered to show all the teeth at once. The detailed image gives your oral surgeon all the information necessary to plan the best extraction strategy.

When Is Extraction Necessary?

There are different situations when tooth extraction may be recommended, including:
  • Severe overcrowding that can’t be corrected with orthodontics
  • Impacted teeth that fail to erupt on their own
  • Severe infection in the tooth’s pulp that can’t be treated with root canal therapy
  • Irreparable trauma or injury to the tooth

Impacted wisdom teeth is one of the most common causes of tooth extractions. Extraction may also be necessary after root canal failure.

How Can I Tell If I Need an Extraction?

If you think you may need to have a tooth extracted, here are a few warning signs to watch for:
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Discoloration on the affected tooth’s surface
  • Swollen, painful gums and bleeding around the tooth
  • Loose tooth
  • Swelling, pus or pain around an emerging tooth

Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted because they can’t erupt on their own, can contribute to overcrowding, and frequently grow in at an angle. Teeth that are already loose or damaged due to gum disease may also need to be extracted.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you’ve noticed some of the common warning signs that you need a tooth extracted, please call us or preregister with our office by filling out our online form. We look forward to providing you with compassionate care in a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere.